Sunday 30 September saw Freemen of the City gather to exercise their right (for charity rather than for agricultural purposes) to drive their sheep across London Bridge. Alan Titchmarsh started the proceedings but it is good to know that the Stationers' Company was there too in the guise of Freeman Henri Davis.
Organised by the Worshipful Company of Woolmen the event aims to raise thousands of pounds for the Lord Mayor's Appeal but also provides an opportunity for Londoners and visitors to learn something of many of the City's historic traditions and a platform for communicating various agricultural issues!
We highlighted back in August that Freeman Madeleine Cuff had been shortlisted for the Business sustainability award sponsored by University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability in Leadership in the British Journalism Awards for Specialist Media 2018. The Awards night, held under the aegis of Press Gazette, took place at Stationers' Hall on 17 September and Madeleine who is Deputy Editor at BusinessGreen won her category!
The judges said: “She is able to not just deliver the facts but she also provides conclusions. She provided real insight into what she was investigating.”
Madeleine was on holiday at the time and unable to attend the ceremony but we now have a photo of her with her award.
The Company, and the Foundation especially, which provided the bursary for Madeleine when she undertook her Masters in Journalism at City University send her hearty congratulations.
Following this week's launch of this spectacular exhibition in St Martin within Ludgate, Members who were not able to make that event will be pleased to know that the exhibition will be in the church for the next couple of months. Not only is it worth a visit to simply to see the stunning typeface designs but the
potential of the space within the church for events and activities other than services has become more obvious now that the exhibition has been mounted. Do have a look - perhaps when up for another event?
Members will remember that each year Liverymen Janet Bell and Steve Hilleard are part of a team from OPI who undertake a grueling series of climbs in the Lake District in aid of Cancer Research. There can be few of us who have not been brought face to face with cancer either personally or in friends and family. Janet writes: "For nine years, OPI has been proud to help our industry support ICR and, by raising more than £100,000 every year, we hope that we can continue to play a small part in helping develop life-saving treatments.
But we haven’t beaten cancer yet so please will you consider supporting our efforts with a donation? Any amount is gratefully received and really does help us get through what is a very tough task – and I am nine years older than when I first signed up for this crazy challenge! And, if we hit our £100k target, that will be a momentous total of £1 million we’ve raised for cancer research.
Supporting us could not be easier – simply donate online via the site below or send a pledge amount to me by email.
In the photo you can see Janet tackling the climb in grim weather in a previous year.
Many members will remember James Male who was an apprentice bookbinder. His masters were the late Liveryman Douglas East and Past Master Helen Esmonde. James was made Free of the Company on 4 April 2017. James now has further cause for celebration. He and Stephanie were married in St Martin's-within-Ludgate on 8 September. The Right Reverend Dr Stephen Platten (Under Warden) officiated and they and their family enjoyed a reception in the Hall.
Amongst their guests were their pugs! Photos by Harry Richards Photography Photography. James is the first Stationer (since the Company took on the management of the church) to be married at St Martin's. We send him and Stephanie every possible good wish for a long and very happy future together.
It is very noisy but essential! The plane tree in the garden has to be pruned regularly to ensure that any branches which might be in danger of dropping are dealt with before they drop on someone. This exercise involves highly-skilled tree surgeons, ropes, chain saws and a branch shredding machine parked in the Courtyard! As you can see in this picture taken by Kerry Pedrick it is quite spectacular to watch. To know that the tree is safe and healthy is worth the few hours of noise!
Following the success of the Publishing Sector's get-together after one of the days at the London Book Fair in the Spring, it was decided that a similar event should be tried at the Print Show for the Print Sector. Liveryman Bettine Pellant in her capacity as the Stationers’ Company’s Champion of Sector Champions was able to secure a space in the Exhibition Hall at the end of yesterday’s show and so it was that some 30 Stationers, potential Stationers and friends of the Company gathered at 17.00 yesterday and enjoyed an hour's discussion and networking. It was great to see Liverymen Di Cresswell, Annie Hotton, and Robert McClements and Freemen Aron Priest, Richard Little, and Richard Mawson. Corporate Member Premier Paper was there represented by Dave Jones together with representatives from BPIF, Picon, IPIA and Two Sides.
The show itself was buzzing gently with various print machinery on show from the traditional to the most up-to-date. Liveryman Mike Waller was enjoying the exhibits and chatting to the exhibitors and no doubt other Stationers will be there over the next two days as well. During the Show, as well as the opportunity to visit all the stands there will be a series of short seminars to attend - one of yesterday’s was given by Freeman Charles Jarrold (see photo) on the state of Printing and it was good to hear him say that although it might look as if the print industry was shrinking in fact it was just changing shape!
Court Assistant Martin Woodhead writes: This CCF unit is a wonderful example of what the Stationers' Company has been able to contribute to SCWA. Through its existing relationship with the Royal Marines and Leigh Academies Trust, and developing a new relationship with Greenwich Hospital, a Royal Navy charity since 1694, the Company was able to drive forward the proposal that a new Royal Marines CCF might be established at SCWA.
Through the hard work of Past Masters Helen Esmonde and Kevin Dewey this has now come about, with considerable financial support from Greenwich Hospital. The Company is extremely grateful to Hugh Player, CEO of Greenwich Hospital, and all his staff.
Martin's full coverage of the event will be in Stationers' News but the Stationers' Crown Woods Academy Crown Flyer of 14 September has their take on the event and it can be accessed here.
In the photo you can see Jules (cadet), Court Assistant Sue Pandit (Chair of Governors, SCWA), David Millar (Executive Principal SCWA), David Allan (Master of the Stationers' Company), Cllr Christine May (Mayor of the Royal Borough of Greenwich), Lt Col Jason Durup, Major J D Wilson TD, ( SCWA Staff) and Molly (Cadet). Photo taken by SCWA.
The video of the opening is now available and can be viewed here. SCWA are grateful to David Milliken for his work on this.
On Monday, 17 September 2018, at the Master and Wardens' meeting, the Master made nine people free of the Company. They are, from L-R in the photo:
Graham Pyefinch - Retired
Anne Dolamore - Publisher at Grub Street Publishing
Mark Daisley - MD of ExaClair Ltd
Stephen Neiman - Chief Executive of the Hanover Band Foundation
Brieuc Geuzaine - Avocat and Research and Teaching Assistant
Ian Fagelson - Pro Bono Consultant at Reed Smith LLP
Gary Grajcarek - Business Development Manager of Compart
Bryony Woods - Literary Agent and Director of Diamond Kahn and Woods Literary Agency Ltd
Jade Wilson - Sales Director of Highlands
It was great to see such a large Freedom ceremony and we hope to see all the new Freemen at events, both Industry Committee events and social events, frequently. Do introduce yourselves to them and give them a warm welcome.